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From the Edge of the City (1998)

Apo tin akri tis polis (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 24 January 1999 (Greece)
A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stathis Papadopoulos Stathis Papadopoulos ... Sasha
Costas Kotsianidis Costas Kotsianidis ... Kotsian
Panayiotis Hartomatzidis Panayiotis Hartomatzidis ... Panagiotis
Dimitris Papoulidis Dimitris Papoulidis ... Giorgos
Theodora Tzimou ... Natasha
Anestis Polychronidis Anestis Polychronidis ... Anestis
Nikos Kamontos Nikos Kamontos ... Filippos
Stelios Tsemboglidis Stelios Tsemboglidis ... Stelios
Giorgos Mavridis Giorgos Mavridis ... Chorny
Panagiota Vlachosotirou Panagiota Vlachosotirou ... Elenitsa
Silvia Venizelea Silvia Venizelea ... Thodora
Emilios Chilakis ... Nikos
Vasias Eleftheriadis Vasias Eleftheriadis ... Father
Evri Sophroniadou Evri Sophroniadou ... Mother
Giannis Kontraphouris Giannis Kontraphouris ... Pimp
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Storyline

The "Edge of the City" means Menidi, a poor suburb on the edge of pulsating Athens (the city). Menidi harbours many Cosssack Greeks. They are also called "pontios", ethnic Greeks from the Black Sea dispersed through the ex-Southern Soviet Union in the Stalin era. The "pontios" have returned to Greece en masse after the demise of the USSR. The parents speak mostly Greek, but the teenage children speak a hybrid Russian-Greek language which reflects their lack of identity and marginalization. The teenagers' marginalization leads them to the core of the film's theme: the lives of petty crime and prostitution which these second or third class Greeks lead. Their camaraderie, the way they mock each others' dealing in homosexuality, their sexual and criminal exploitation by rich Greeks, their own exploitation of prostitutes, sexual and moral ambiguity all lead to the film's defining. Written by Guy33134

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A hustler's own story. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Greece

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Greek | Russian

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (Greece) See more »

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From the Edge of the City See more »

Filming Locations:

Omonia, Athens, Greece See more »

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Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Most of the actors were non-professionals who were discovered on the streets of Athens by director Constantine Giannaris. His lead, Stathis Papadopoulos, was actually working as a rent boy. See more »

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Bisexual Hustler Falls for Loose Prostitute
23 June 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Buff and barely eighteen, Sasha lives with his mother and father in a Kazakhstan immigrant settlement on the outskirts of Athens. At night, he and his teenaged friends rollerblade through the city, where they hang out in brothels and work as male prostitutes. Every day they endure an obstacle course of johns, drug dealers, pimps and gangsters, as they try desperately to survive in a country that is not their own," according to the DVD sleeve summary. The cover notes this film, re-titled "From the Edge of the City" for English language viewers, was the "Official 'Academy Awards' entry from Greece" in the foreign film category. Understandably unrevealed is the fact that it was not, finally, nominated. It did well on the film festival circuit, however.

The film is artfully done, by writer/director Constantine Giannaris, with shaky camera shots, documentary-style interruptions, and bisexual subject matter. Star protagonist Stathis Papadopoulos (as Rosso "Sasha" Pond) handles the acting assignment very well, but he isn't given a character with much focus. After five years of tricking and drugs, one tends to spend a few minutes looking a little ragged, but Mr. Papadopoulos is always fresh-faced and perfectly toned. His chiseled chest is prominently displayed, but he reveals little explicit. The parents look ragged, though. Possibly, the key is that young "Sasha" never totally lived the street life, but just dabbled there to pal around for a quick buzz, sex, and cash. He keeps his nose clean, too.

****** Apo tin akri tis polis (11/20/98) Constantine Giannaris ~ Stathis Papadopoulos, Theodora Tzimou, Dimitris Papoulidis, Panayiotis Hartomatzidis


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